Daily Archive: April 17, 2020

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Digital Collection Quick Guide

Are you interested in using our digital collection but don’t know how to access it? Whether you are using your phone or computer this quick guide will get you to where you want to be. First, you will need to sign in to the library catalog. For Desktop the website is: https://grape.ent.sirsi.net There’s a free app for both Apple and Android users, just search Grapevine Public Library. Second, once you have made it to the catalog you can use a filter to display digital content only. On Desktop, there will be a drop-down menu from where you can search all digital content, or go straight to “eAudio” or “eBooks” Only. On mobile, click “eBooks & eAudio” as shown above. Next you can search any topic and it will only show you digital content. For this example, we searched “cars.” The first option is an eBook. Now we can click the...

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Genealogy: Government Documents

Government documents are a little-known genealogical resource that can yield great benefits to genealogists. If your ancestors interacted with the federal government in some way, there may be records that document those transactions. Some kinds of these are well-known, such as federal census records, military records, passenger lists, and immigration and naturalization records. Today we’ll discuss a few of those records, along with a few that aren’t well-known, and show how you can access them. “A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation” Home page: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/ This free collection consists of a linked set of published congressional records (primary source documents) of the U. S. from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875. All these materials may be viewed on-line as digital facsimile page images; some also have fully or partially searchable transcribed text. Two sets of documents on this site have great genealogical value – The U. S....